TRENDING Epic bolide illuminates skies over SW China


Epic bolide illuminates skies over SW China

By Shan Xin | People's Daily app

15:12, November 08, 2018

A bolide explosion was photographed over southwest China’s Yunnan Province Friday night. The meteorite streaked across the sky before becoming a flash of light, followed by a loud clap minutes later.

“The bolide can be identified from its appearance and route," said Wang Xiaobin, an astronomer from the Yunnan Observatory of the Chinese Academy of Sciences. 

A “bolide” is really just a fancy term for a bright fireball, referring to solitary, large meteors over 1 meter in diameter that burn up in the lower atmosphere as the very air causes incredible friction.

No injuries or structural damages have been reported so far.

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